New attractions keep old guests returning to theme parks year after year. Well, get your tight pants on, y’all! It’s time to join Hashtag the Panda & the Ragtime Gals for the “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.” It just opened at Universal Orlando Resort.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon just opened at Universal Orlando Resort. Here's what you need to know about the ride and new virtual queue.

You can race through New York against Jimmy! But you don’t have to go to NYC to do it. Photo Credit: Universal Orlando Resort

Opened: Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

I remember watching Jimmy Carson with my parents when I was a kid. I made it through the Jay Leno years (yawn). And even had an “Aww, man, really?” moment when it appeared that Conan O’Brien would only host for a year.

That aww man turned into AWWWW YEAAAAHHH real quick when Jimmy Fallon took over at “The Tonight Show.”

I’m a fan. A big one.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon just opened at Universal Orlando Resort. Here's what you need to know about the ride and new virtual queue.

Joking around with the wall of Jimmy in October at Universal Studios Florida. Jimmy, please. Why you gotta interrupt all the time? Photo Credit: Patty Holliday, Candid TravelingMom

Universal Orlando Opens Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Needless to say, I’m excited that the “Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” attraction is finally up and running at Universal Orlando. I just got back from a trip and experienced this ride firsthand. Sure, I was just here a month ago, but when work tells you to go to Universal Orlando, you don’t ask questions. You just GO.

The all-new ride takes guests on an action-packed race through the Big Apple against Jimmy Fallon himself, and completely immerses them in the world of America’s favorite talk show: “The Tonight Show.”

Jimmy Fallon kicked off the opening day celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade in Universal Studios Florida. The parade featured tons of confetti, a custom float, and beloved Universal Orlando characters. That was pretty cool.

But the coolest part of this attraction is the line. Or rather, lack of a line.

Virtual Wait Time

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is the first ride at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience. While “virtually” waiting for their time to enter the attraction, this experience allows guests to enjoy other areas of the park.

Here’s how Virtual Wait Time works.

Download the Universal Orlando app and secure your ticket to the show online. You must enable location services for this to work. Team members told me hackers in England thought it was funny to snap up a bunch of slots in opening weeks. Yikes!

Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon Virtual Line Pass

No standing in line! Tour the parks while you wait your return time! Photo: Patty Holliday/Candid TravelingMom

Or you can use the virtual queue kiosk located just a few feet away from the entrance of the ride.

Here you can select how many people are in your party and what time you’d like to return. Sound familiar? It kinda is. But I loved that it is the same day and only available for guests in the park. No wasted tickets for no-shows or canceled trips.

If you have Express Pass access, you do not need to use this system. You can enter the attraction whenever you’d like!

What about a standby line? Can you just walk up and ride?

Not usually. On extremely busy days a standby line may open, but it’s treated as a single rider option. They will pull from standby only if slots are not filled by the riders with Virtual Line passes or Express passes.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon just opened at Universal Orlando Resort. Here's what you need to know about the ride and new virtual queue.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon gives guests the ultimate “Tonight Show” experience and gets them up close and personal with the show’s most hilarious segments before taking off in an action-packed race through New York against Jimmy Fallon himself. The ride is officially open to guests as of April 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Universal Orlando Resort

The Ride Experience

Once inside, you’ll find favorites like Hashtag the Panda and the Ragtime Gals providing entertainment during your wait. A ride AND a show: that’s what I call a twofer!

This experience will take about 30 minutes to enjoy from start to finish. But you are welcome to chill on the couches, play the touch screen games, and even charge your electronics while you wait for your Tonight Show taping.

Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon Thank You Notes

Check out the games on the touch screens while you wait. The Thank You Note gag is a favorite of mine. Photo: Patty Holliday/Candid TravelingMom

This is a motion simulator ride appropriate for children 40″ or taller. Be sure to check out these 8 great reasons Universal Orlando is perfect for kids, too!

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Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon just opened at Universal Orlando Resort. Here's what you need to know about the ride and new virtual queue.